The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has decided to cancel its show in Las Vegas this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, SEMA promised to come back even bigger with another outstanding event in 2021.
Due to COVID-19, almost every automotive event had to face a hard truth this year: either cancel the event or convert it into a virtual event. SEMA announced this Wednesday that there would be no SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year. After discussing different options, including a virtual show, it was finally decided to cancel, as SEMA is nothing without its vast audience.
All the industry members and event organizers were working hard for the aftershow recognition, as it was scheduled to be held in November. However, the event officials have assured full refunds would be issued for booth exhibition fees as well as attendee registrations.
“The SEMA Show is committed to furthering businesses in the automotive specialty-equipment market, and to providing manufacturers and buyers with the best opportunity to connect, promote new products and discover new trends. We appreciate the spirit, hard work, and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year. While we are disappointed that circumstances prevent us from hosting the show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event.”, said Chris Kersting, President, and CEO of SEMA.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) was formed by Ed Iskenderian, Roy Richter, Willie Garner, Els Lohn, Robert E. Wyman, Bob Hedman, Phil Weiand Jr, John Bartlett, Vic Edelbrock Jr, Al Segal, and Dean Moon, in 1963. Now the association consists of more than 6,300 businesses from around the world.
SEMA brings together all the aftermarket manufacturers, car dealers, original equipment manufacturers, specialty equipment distributors, restoration specialists, specialty media, installers, and retailers. It also provides various services to its members like market research, education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, international business development, business-to-business events, and industry publications, just to name a few.
Traditionally, every year in the first week of November, the Las Vegas Convention Center hosts the SEMA show, which is easily one of the largest and most significant automotive events of the year. It is the event where all the important automotive trade groups get together to exchange, compare, release the latest tech in the automotive market. It features 12 sections with over 2400 exhibitors showcasing over 3000 parts, components, and tools, more than enough to satisfy even the most avid car fanatic. However, the event is not open to the public. The SEMA Show is only for registered manufacturers, media, exhibitors related to the industry.
Unfortunately, the SEMA show is yet another event added to the #Cancel2020 list this year. On the other hand, if everything goes as planned, the legendary Las Vegas show should come back bigger and better next year.
All there’s left to do now is keep our heads down and wait for the next one.
We’re going to get through this! Stay safe!